It was a busy weekend for George John while he was in DC. In addition to playing well in FCD's road win against United, John also had time to pick up the 2010 AHEPA Harry Agganis Award while he was in town. John received the award on Saturday prior to the game and an announcement of the award was made during the game on the stadium jumbotron.
The Harry Agganis Award is named after the legendary multi-sport athlete of Greek heritage, who died prematurely at 26 from a pulmonary embolism. Agganis played professional baseball for the Boston Red Sox. Previous recipients include Professional Baseball Player Nick Markakis, Professional Football Placekicker Matt Stover, Olympic Diving Champion Greg Louganis, World Champion Decathlete Tom Pappas, and Professional Football Player Fred Smerlas, among many others.
AHEPA is the largest Greek-American association in the world with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, Cyprus, and sister chapters in Australia and New Zealand. It was established in 1922 by visionary Greek Americans to protect Hellenes from prejudice originating from the KKK, and in its history, AHEPA joined with the NAACP and B'nai B'rith International to fight discrimination.